The rut (from the Latin rugire, meaning "to roar") is the mating season of certain mammals, which includes ruminants such as deer, sheep, camels, goats, pronghorns, bison, giraffes and antelopes, and extends to others such as skunks and elephants. The rut is characterized in males by an increase in testosterone, exaggerated sexual dimorphisms, increased aggression, and increased interest in females. 
rut noun (SEXUALLY ACTIVE PERIOD) [ S ] the period of the year during which particular male animals, especially deer and sheep, are sexually active: During the rut, stags can be seen fighting for females. in rut (of particular male animals) sexually excited SMART Vocabulary: related words and phrases Idiom (stuck) in a rut
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noun. a furrow or track in the ground, especially one made by the passage of a vehicle or vehicles. any furrow, groove, etc. a fixed or established mode of procedure or course of life, usually dull or unpromising: to fall into a rut. verb (used with object), rut·ted, rut·ting. to make a rut or ruts in; furrow.
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rut ( rʌt) n 1. (Zoology) a recurrent period of sexual excitement and reproductive activity in certain male ruminants, such as the deer, that corresponds to the period of oestrus in females 2. (Zoology) another name for oestrus vb, ruts, rutting or rutted (Zoology) ( intr) (of male ruminants) to be in a period of sexual excitement and activity